La Ciccia

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La Ciccia is a cozy and intimate restaurant located on the edge of Noe Valley. Husband and wife owners, Massimiliano Conti and Lorella Degan work together to take you to a culinary journey through the Italian island of Sardinia. The chef is committed to use the freshest and the most authentic ingredients from his native island, resulting in pungent, lively, flavorful food. The all Italian wine list,170 labels selection represent every Region with more than a quarter devote to Sardinia in order to pair the traditional earthy flavors as well seafood influence of Sardinia cuisine. La Ciccia is a tribute to Sardinia an experience not to be missed.
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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great birthday dinner! We came from Philadelphia for the weekend and so glad we choose this restaurant!

EB
San Francisco
55 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Neighborhood treasure! Succulent complex sauces on fresh pasta. The octopus appetizer is a must-eat delight.

LD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service and ambiance. I am a regular patron.

CS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this restaurant. This was a special birthday dinner. We had grilled calamari, squid ink pasta (fregola), and branzino. Everything was extremely well prepared. Service was attentive but not intrusive. And the owner is so warm and friendly, you feel like you’re a guest in her home.

PF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Wonderful food , not just the usual Italian menu, well prepared and delicious. A wonderful wine list with Italian favorites and wines we were unfamiliar with, can't wait to try some of them.

M
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place, I've gone twice in 2 weeks! .

s
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The octopus soup and the prawns at La Ciccia are fantastic dishes. The wine list is great if you are looking for a bottle to share, and decent if you only want a glass. The service and staff are also pleasant. Unfortunately most of the food (calamari, squid ink pasta, pasta with roe, lamb) just doesn't hit the mark. The vegetables that accompany the dishes are also--how shall we say it--bad bad not good. A few gems mixed in with a lot of duds, but a nice spot nonetheless. 3/5

e
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All of the food was excellent, especially the pasta dishes.

OT
Berlin
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Italian place in town. The food is world class and the service is perfect. It’s nice and warm in there.

OT
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

This place is vastly OVERRATED! After dining here twice, the apps, salads and pasta dishes have been “meh”. Most recently, my burrata with arugula was run-of-the-mill. My spaghetti had some mushrooms - it tasted so bland like something I could buy form a national grocery store chain.

Additionally, they can’t find the balance for my gift certificate, so there goes $60 down the drain with the hostile, aggressive attitude of the Manager thrown in.

Don’t waste your time or money here.

R
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service were incredible - La Ciccia was the best Italian food experience we've had in SF so far. The Bottariga and Calamari were to die for.

L
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding, authentic Italian food and hospitality.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Owner was excellent, waiter was terrible. Didn’t give us specials and recited the menu when we asked for recommendations. We were fortunate to be dining with someone who had eaten there before and made solid recommendations. Food was outstanding and owner was very nice and welcoming. Great restaurant!

A
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were outstanding. The restaurant has an authentic homey feel perfect for a date or dinner with family and friends. The service was fantastic and attentive.

BL
San Francisco
231 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a terrific dining experience for my husband's birthday. First, all the staff are so warm and welcoming, and they are so knowledgeable about the food and the wine. We were made to feel as if we were honored guests. There was a special supplemental menu featuring foods of Emilio-Romagna so our meal included one of those items plus some amazing Sardinian foods. Our Sardinian choices included flavorful calamari (braised in an oil and possibly vinegar sauce with some wilted greens - delightful!) as a starter, and entrees of grilled head on shrimp (large, tender and seasoned perfectly) with a vegetable side plus brandino (2 large fillets over a bed of chopped cooked tomato, onion and peppers). The food was so tasty and it felt as if we were in a small trattoria in Italy. We also shared a pasta from Emilio-Romagna that was incredibly good - spinach tagliatelle in a sauce that included mortadella and grated tuna heart - the sauce was a red-orange, it had a bit of a kick and it combined the saltiness of the mortadella with the brininess of the tuna. Dessert included gelato, a nice sweet ending to our meal. For our wine, our server guided us and we selected a white wine with a lot of depth of flavor - a Sardinian version of Sauvignon Blanc but with less citrus. The wine complemented all our dishes. Portions are generous and we left with enough for another meal. Although the restaurant is small, it feels cozy and we really didn't hear conversations from the diners nearby. We've been here a few times and each time we have a wonderful meal and wonder why we don't dine there more regularly. This is a spot worth seeking out because of the quality of the food and service.

CA
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Truly fantastic! Chef came out and said hello and added some extra tuna heart to the sea urchin pasta, which is definitely a must order. Overall, a truly outstanding and unique experience w/amazing food.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service and food was so great! The chef even came out to our table. Great place for any occasion with excellent food, service, and wine!

t
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food in a great atmosphere. Tiny space with what feels and tastes like home cooked Italian food!

M
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

What a wonderful evening! Warm welcome, intimate restaurant, friendly and knowledgealbe staff--and superb food! Fresh, flavorful, authentic!

RF
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A unique Sardinian restaurant with exceptional regional specialities and an extensive wine list. The food is always delicious!

BG
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We'll be back again, soon! Our overall experience was excellent; very professional staff, attentive and discreet, food was delicious and portions very generous! This was a first time visit and we were delighted.

HB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic and traditional. Flavors you don’t get many places in the Bay Area. Try the shaved bottarga and Sardinian bread. Great wine selection.

OT
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Small, family style restaurant offering Sardinian food, which certainly should not be thought of as just another variant of Italian. Everything was creative, with lots of variety to choose from. The wine list was extensive, featuring Italian vintners, so do your homework before going. A hearty appetite is also recommended. I am looking forward to a return visit.

HK
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is amazing. Fantastic restaurant. A real gem. Total worth the trouble to get there.

EE
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quando la tua bocca vorrebbe andare in vacanza ma il tuo portafoglio no lo consente, vai a La Ciccia.

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RW
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Overall i was underwhelmed, and I really wanted to like it. The burrata special was good, and the calamari was excellent. However, the pastas were hit and miss. I did not like Spaghittusu cun Allu Ollu e Bottariga one bit - roe is an acquired taste, so go in carefully with this. The underlying pasta was good though. I asked for a change and ended up with the Malloreddus a sa Campidanese which was delicious. Overall though between the wine pricing (long list, impressive, but expensive) and the food, which did not seem expensive on the surface, we ended up with a $300 bill, which for three people in San Francisco, did not feel like good value. I liked the atmosphere and the servers were generally good, but I'd choose other Italian restaurants before this one next time.

JP
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La Ciccia is my favorite restaurant for celebrating special occasions with my wife. Like any good, upscale, San Francisco restaurant, it is not a cheap date, but it is well worth it. This is not your typical Italian fare. Sardinian food is unique and La Ciccia captures it perfectly. They have some daring seafood choices, like their Fregola pasta with squid ink or their wonderful Sardinian macaroni with sea urchin and tuna hearts. There are also some safer choices for the less adventurous eater. Some of the dishes seem almost too simple, until you taste them and discover that they are like all great Italian food; simple ingredients executed perfectly. The specials are always outstanding.
The location is tight but cozy and the atmosphere feels special and inviting. The neighborhood seems safe and quiet. The owners are some of the most charming people you will ever meet. They occasionally interact with the guests in either English or Italian, whichever you prefer. They always seem happy to be cooking for their guests. I can't say enough great things about this place. It is a must-see for anyone exploring San Francisco restaurants or adventurous eaters from out of town.

PD
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely little spot. I ordered the mullet roe app which was a mistake - definitely an acquired taste. I had the pasta with sea urchin and tuna heart as my main. Nothing in the world tastes better. My partner had calamari app and kindly shared with me -very tasty. He had daily special farfalle with lamb ragout and licked his plate clean. We shared a gorgeous bottle of very well-priced wine and finished off our meal by sharing the evening’s special pana cotta dessert. Service is exceptional at this restaurant. At least equal to the food. You’re made to feel like a special guest at someone’s lovely ristorante in Sardinia. Because you are.

C
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Girls night out :) the food was AMAZING! They had a great selection of wine and our waiter was super helpful with us picking a good wine that was in our budget. The service was great and the ambiance was nice. It’s a cute small space but I’d go back again :).

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great wine list & food. Very European feel. Good for a long, intimate dinner with a good group of friends or one on one

GG
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Superb. Service is terrific. It's a rather small space but very comfortable and friendly. And sadinian food always is a bit more exotic than mainland Italian.

The baby octopus in spicy tomato sauce is incredible. Portions are substantial (indeed I just finished what we took home of my wife's order of pork with mushrooms for brunch this morning -- and the leftovers were a full meal).

Excellent wine list as well.

A
Raleigh
44 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

I'm from out of town and ate a LOT of fantastic food over a weekend in San Fran. La Ciccia was recommended to me as a culinary experience and I found it to be underwhelming. The service was excellent and the ambiance was very intimate and cozy. We were seated before our reservation time, which I appreciated. The food was okay, not super impressive for the price point. We tried the pasta specials, which were fine, nothing was wrong with them, but they weren't impressive; I certainly felt that I could have made them at home. Bread was served cold. The burrata appetizer was tasty and pretty in its simplicity; I would eat it again. The wine selection was HUGE if you buy a bottle, and my husband enjoyed something by the glass that he said was okay. The location isn't near anything else for an interesting evening in San Fran, but I was expecting the trip to feel a bit more worth it for the culinary aspects. With all the options in San Fran for fantastic food, I wouldn't eat here again.

SG
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

What a treat!! Warm environment with innovative dishes and excellent service!!! 😊

JC
Central Coast
12 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an incredible experience to dine at La Ciccia. One of the great SF institutions.

TO
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a great meal and time. The waiter picked some perfect wines. The table next to us was real fun we shared food.
I would eat there again.
Tomie from Detroit

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food! One of the very best Italian food I have had! Friendly staffs, the chef came out to tables to greet customers and make sure the food is good. Everything was cooked just right. Coffee was just ok though, very light and a little watery, it would be such a nice ending of the meal if the coffee was made better. Amazing dessert as well. I will for sure go back for birthday or anniversary celebration! The whole meal lasted about 2.4 hours which is nice, we don't enjoy nice meal in a rush. They don't want you to use your phone or computer to ensure you focus on your food and your family and friends! Wonderful experience!

f
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely neighborhood place. Our party was greeted by one of the owners, the service, food and wine were excellent.

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and owner are just amazing!!!!

t
San Francisco
64 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The lamb I had was excellent and so was my husband's pork loin. A very good meal.

FB
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent, apparently authentic Sicilian food, very well prepared in an environment that is equal parts neighborhood gem, and serious food destination.

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